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Every now and again, politicians reveal their true natures, and we are appalled when we see how loathsome those natures are. So it is with the Sequester: a “worst case” measure that “was never intended to occur”, because of the “indiscriminate and draconian cuts” that would result. It turns out that many (perhaps most) “Republican” “representatives” love them some severe, draconian cuts, as long as they themselves are not inconvenienced by said cuts.

Small businesses, Head Start, and the military are all taking a big hit from the budget cuts that “weren’t supposed to happen”. And the conventional wisdom that said politicians would make a last-minute deal to stop the cuts from going into effect? It turned out to be wrong. And why was it wrong?

Because a lot of TeaPublicans want those cuts, that is why. Veterans’ benefits late? No prob. Kids thrown onto the street? Hey, ‘salright. Grandma going hungry? It’s all good. Because Congress still gets its pay and bennies, right? And so long as they can fly home in comfort, there’s no problem with those nasty budget cuts.

In fact, they actually love those brutal budget cuts, and have no interest in replacing them. They call those who have been de-funded “spoiled little children”, among other things.

People, wake the f*** ing f*** up. The Teabagging “Republicans” (and a few Donkeys, too) do. not. care. about. you. They only care about their millionaire lifestyles and billionaire buddies. And none of them run small businesses, have kids in Head Start, are trying to get the VA to replace a missing leg, or in general give two hoots about the “little people” whose lives are made worse by the Sequestration Cuts.

If you vote for another one of these Wingnuts, here’s hoping you get your budget cut next time round: because you have asked for it.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

When kids got booted out of Head Start, Congress did nothing about the Sequester. When little old ladies had their dinners taken away, Congress did nothing about the Sequester. It did not hurt them, after all.

Now that the FAA had to cut staffing levels in compliance with the Sequestration law that Congress passed, and flights are being delayed, Congress suddenly is doing something about the Sequester. Because they are being hurt by it.

You see, very few Senators and Congresscritters (if any) have kids in Head Start, or parents who get Meals on Wheels. But they fly. And their staffs fly. And, most significantly, the people who bribe them their campaign contributors fly. And so the Senate quickly passed a law that would alleviate the FAA’s staffing problems, thus helping to eliminate flight delays.

The poor, the young, the elderly, and the powerless? Tough rocks for them, they still get bupkis. But the politicians and the people who pull their strings? They will be taken care of.

That is all for today: your humble correspondent must go and barf.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Mr. Blunt and Cranky’s best friend is a veteran. A decorated combat veteran. And Bush The Smarter laid his ass off, screwing him out of the retirement bennies that he so richly deserved (they called it a “reduction in force”, but a layoff by any other name still stinks). Support our troops? Not so much. That friend got fired by bean-counters, and never mind what promises had been made to him by his government.

Right now, Congressional “Republicans” are ready, willing and intending to screw our military six ways from Sunday, all because the Repubs want to score points on the President over Sequestration. Support our troops? Not if they can be used and abused by cynical hacks on Capitol Hill.

Our veterans are denied the health care they need, the support they deserve, and the respect they have earned. After sacrificing everything for us, they are kicked to the curb with only a “thank you” (if that). And gratitude is worth its weight in gold. (Think about that one, you’ll get it.)

Here’s one example: the guy who killed Bin Laden is unemployed. Yes, you read that right: one of the best American warriors has gotten so little support that he can’t pay his bills:Support our troops? Yeah, right.

Mr. B & C